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Globalizing the Balkans. Balkan Studies as a Transnational/Translational Paradigm / Blažević, Zrinka.

By: Blažević, Zrinka.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleDescription: .Other title: Globalizing the Balkans. Balkan Studies as a Transnational/Translational Paradigm [Naslov na engleskom:].Subject(s): 6.04 | Balkan studies, theory, methodology, heterotopia hrv | Balkan studies, theory, methodology, heterotopia engOnline resources: Click here to access online In: Balkan studies - quo vadis? (25.04.2009. ; Beč, Austrija)Summary: Starting from the premise that space is both a physical givenness and a social construct, the main focus of this paper will be placed upon an alternative theoretical conceptualization of the Balkans as a possible heuristic framework for rethinking and epistemological broadening of the Balkans Studies. Drawing upon Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia as "impossible space" of coexistence of the opposite, distinctive and incommensurable, I will propose a conceptualization of the Balkans as a heterotopical space in geographical, historical, social, political, cultural and symbolic terms. Accordingly, it will be argued that such a conceptualization might provide a basis for a transnational and translational politics of the discipline which could not only bring about useful heuristic models and research protocols for future Balkan Studies, but also ensure a survival of this academic and research field in the post-transitional, global age.
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Starting from the premise that space is both a physical givenness and a social construct, the main focus of this paper will be placed upon an alternative theoretical conceptualization of the Balkans as a possible heuristic framework for rethinking and epistemological broadening of the Balkans Studies. Drawing upon Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia as "impossible space" of coexistence of the opposite, distinctive and incommensurable, I will propose a conceptualization of the Balkans as a heterotopical space in geographical, historical, social, political, cultural and symbolic terms. Accordingly, it will be argued that such a conceptualization might provide a basis for a transnational and translational politics of the discipline which could not only bring about useful heuristic models and research protocols for future Balkan Studies, but also ensure a survival of this academic and research field in the post-transitional, global age.

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